Revolve09 rocks Winston-Salem

by Mark Burger

Who let the ‘Dogs’ out? Think you’ve had enough of movies after RiverRun? Think again. The Revolve09 Festival opens May 15 with a screening of Playing in the Shadows in the Drama Workshop at the Salem Fine Arts Center, located on the campus of Salem College (601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem).

Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Marco Ianniello’s documentary focuses on a group of children living in the housing development of Wooloomooloo in Sydney, Australia and how they formed a basketball squad to compete in a city-wide tournament for underprivileged youth. Advance tickets to this screening are $5, and there will be a reception afterward at Meridian Restaurant (411 S. Marshall St.). Revolve09 then rolls from May 21-24, with a series of screenings in Carswell Hall, located on the campus of Wake Forest University (1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem). Among the films scheduled are Wolfgang Held and Pola Rapaport’s documentary feature Hair: Let the Sun Shine In, which examines the lasting impact and legacy of the Broadway musical Hair; Dianna Dilworth’s musical documentary Mellodrama (a North Carolina premiere); the North American premiere of writer/director Seongho Yoon’s Korean-made adventure comedy Milky Way Liberation Front; the Aussie documentary Chasing Birds (also a North Carolina premiere); and Ramones Are Not Dead, a rock documentary that follows a touring Ramones tribute band. Shalini Chatterjee, the founder of the Revolve Film and Music Festival, believes that the same audiences who flocked to the RiverRun International Film Festival (which saw an increase in ticket sales of nearly 20 percent), will embrace Revolve09, as well. “People don’t get worn out by good entertainment,” she wrote in an e-mail. “They get inspired and want more! Revolve is living proof, as the Triad’s — and maybe the state’s — only film festival with ongoing monthly programming in addition to a main festival. Our audience loves it and wants more.” On May 22, the Revolve09 Music Night will present “The Making of Murmur” at 8 p.m. at The Garage (110 W. Seventh St., Winston-Salem) an in-depth discussion with music producers Don Dixon and Mitch Easter about the making of REM’s debut album Murmur, which catapulted the band into the spotlight. There will also be live performances by Dixon, who is also promoting his album, Lyrics 101, and by the Atlanta-based female rock ‘n’ roll band Magnapop. Tickets for this special event are $10. With Revolve rolling through its second festival and into the future, Chatterjee is happy that the event has found a home in the City of the Arts. “This city has great potential and avantages like no other,” she wrote. “It’s kind of the perfect city for a festival like Revolve: Real-world based, audience-driven, [and with] a serious musical heritage.” The festival will conclude May 24 with encore screenings of The Wrecking Crew and Four of a Kind, two of Revolve’s most popular offerings. For further details and a full schedule of Revolve09 events and ticket prices, just rock on over to the official website:


Speaking of independent movies, there will be a special, exclusive screening of Dogs of Chinatown at 9 p.m. on May 19 at the Garage (110 W. Seventh St., Winston- Salem). This full-length martial-arts extravaganza, produced by the Greensboro-based All Aces Media, depicts a violent turf war that erupts between Asian and Italian gangsters in a gritty, noir-ish netherworld that could only exist in the Piedmont Triad. Working closely with the high-flying, West-Coast based team, the Stunt People, the aces at All Aces have paid homage to the action films that inspired them in their wayward youths. They wanted to make one themselves and do it right. It was a homegrown, independently financed labor of love all the way around. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted, with proceeds going toward future festival entry fees. It’s a nice way to support local filmmaking while also enjoying the fruits of their labor. Filmmakers Micah Moore, Blake Faucette and Andy Coon are scheduled to be on hand to discuss this film, their future projects (they’ve got plenty in mind), and why you should buy them a drink. The making of this film was covered extensively in a YES! Weekly cover story written by yours truly… and I lived to talk about it. (Just barely.) The film has begun making the rounds at various film festivals (hence the need for donations) and has been screened for potential distributors at the Cannes Film Festival. Pretty impressive for a bunch of local boys, no? For more information about the screening of Dogs of Chinatown, check out the film’s official

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